Guests who come inside any of Malibu Tan’s many locations are greeted with a handshake. Though that might seem like an old-school approach to customer service, Malibu Tan’s owner encourages it as a genuine way for his staff to connect with each client and provide them with customized services. For more than 15 years, Malibu’s friendly staffers have also connected with higher-profile clients—including the Houston Dymano Girls team—by helping them choose the best of each facility’s tanning options for their skin types. With UV tanning, regardless of whether a client prefers a supine or standup system, they are bound to get a strong tan, as all UV bulbs are changed 200 hours before they hit capacity or finally crack open and release a butterfly. There are also plenty of UV-free options such as VersaSpa sunless tanning, which darkens exteriors with a hydrating DHA-based solution. Each location also offers tan-enhancing products from Designer Skin and California Tan.
Developed in Austria by sports physiologist Dr. Norbert Egger, HYPOXI technology merges moderate aerobic exercise with innovative medical technology. Futuristic-looking capsules surround the cardio machines, providing light vacuum suction and massage compression to augment the flab-busting process. HYPOXI Studio Ballantyne lines its sunlit studio spaces with HYPOXI's contoured capsules, each designed to address stubborn areas of the body. Though the HYPOXI Trainer S120 and L250 both aim to tone thighs, buttocks, hips, and lower abdomens, the L250 is a lower-intensity option ideal for those with high blood pressure or joint problems. The HYPOXI Vacunaut targets cores as joggers don a pressure suit and set their soles atop a treadmill. Requiring no activity, the HYPOXIDermology consists of a specialized suit with 400 pressure chambers that help diminish cellulite and signs of aging. Each body-shaping session lasts about 30 minutes and is ideal for all ages, fitness levels, and time-traveling schedules.
Radio-controlled cars speed along the dirt path of twin, 20,000-square-foot off-road racetracks at RC Hobby Shop, spurred on by shouts of encouragement and furiously twisting thumbs. Too colossal to fit inside the building, the tracks embody RC Hobby Shop’s serious approach to having fun. Inside the 9,400-square-foot retail space, stacks of toys line the aisles and beckon kids and hobbyists with battery-operated modern gadgets and timeless classics such as yo-yos and board games. Model makers of every age can stoke their creative sparks with detailed modeling kits that reconstruct classic cars, elaborate train sets, and Lilliputian crime scenes.
Even painstakingly crafted footwear from renowned brands such as Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik experiences eventual wear and tear. That’s where the cobblers of Houston Shoe Hospital come in. The skilled craftspeople have meticulously revamped footwear of all kinds with the same attention to detail since the business’s inception in 1906. Using high-quality, handpicked rubber and leather products, they affix new heels, soles, and souls to myriad shoes, boots, and foot Spanx.
Within Lavo Collections’ four bustling boutiques, an ever-updating array of fashionable threads entices visitors with catwalk-ready looks displayed on jauntily posed mannequins. Billowing fabrics and curve-hugging colors abound in silhouette-flattering sundresses or business-casual blouses, and waist-slimming pencil skirts provide canvases for intricate belts, delicate jewelry, or wearable versions of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.
Lane Four Swim Shop's interior is flooded with swimwear, goggles, and all the gear necessary for successfully treading water. With a set of Tritan swim fins ($19.50) firmly gripping their feet and anti-fog, custom-fit Speedo Speed Socket goggles ($19.95) strapped onto their faces, swimmers will be well equipped to paddle safely across unexplored seas. Environmentally friendly Speedo Endurance Jammers ($38) comfortably clench men's thighs with fabric that's highly resistant to stretching, fading, and attack sharks, and ladies can slip into a Dolfin Uglies one-piece ($27), available in brightly colored, assorted prints to help wearers blend in with coral reefs. After slipping out of the flippers, dry off with a tube towel ($20.50), an easy-to-tote towel made of micro-fiber suede for fast drying.